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The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. These films were made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organization...



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Academic Film Archive of North America
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Female Pelvic Examination. Shows abnormalities and involuntary urination during exam.
Topic: Female Pelvic Examination
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
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Topics: physics, science, PSSC
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Lee Bobker/Lester Becker
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The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
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Topics: african-american, black, racism, housing, urban
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BCC-TV
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Examines the nature of sound waves and demonstrates how to measure the speed of sound and diffraction and interference of sound waves.
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
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a fast POV trip through the streets of Paris.
Topic: Paris
Academic Film Archive of North America
by EDC (Education Development Center)
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
Academic Film Archive of North America
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‘River of No Return’ has no sound track, music, or narration. The filmmakers, Frederic and Sylvia Christian, are virtual unknowns, a husband and wife team from Spokane who filmed their personal journey down Idaho’s Salmon River in their remarkable two-rudder flat-bottomed boat, “Christian’s Challenger,” which we see them building beside the river at 11:55 into the film. They made the film to accompany their public lectures documenting the four-crew journey down the challenging...
Topics: Salmon River, Snake River, Paul Hoefler
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Scholastic Magazines, inc.
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   This is one of the films in the 'Toute La Bande' series. This film is a landmark of interracial personal relationships in educational films. In his book 'Films You Saw in School,' (McFarland) Geoff Alexander writes: ‘Toute La Bande’ was an exceptional thirteen-part French language instruction series of 1970, created by language educator Mary Glasgow and produced by Donald Carter. [1] Each film in the series consists of a light drama, sequentially beginning with the arrival of a student...
Topics: French, foreign language teaching
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window. As an extra, Deneen appears on-camera in a 3:53 non-distributed film,...
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Topic: Japan Asia, industrial
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Stewart Nestor
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"Mr. Alemann," is a documentary of filmmaker Johanna Alemann (1923-2012) by Stewart Nestor. Maker of 20 films on subjects ranging from history to art (19 of which are viewable on the Internet Archive), Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. This film won awards in 2022 at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Short Documentary), Tri-Cities Film Festival (Best Short Documentary), Southern...
Topics: Johanna Alemann, Alemann Films
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Edward English
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Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl,...
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Topic: Physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Reviews the two main influences -- African and English -- on the development of American folk music. Traces the history of one ballad from its original British version through its journey across America to its emergence in the American West as the cowboy song, 'The Streets of Laredo,' and later in a Negro blues version entitled 'Saint James Infirmary. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Les Goldman
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A parable about the consequences of being a bystander to evil, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life. He was inspired to make this film after hearing the poem 'Hangman' read on Pacifica Radio in...
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Topics: animation, death, horror
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Susan Sussman
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A disturbing film of lost innocence portraying the experiences of a 12-year-old girl who is torn between the child that she is and the woman that she is becoming.Depicts her fear and excitement of the unknown. Relates the beginning of her awareness of her own sexuality while she copes with family conflicts. From a short story written by Christine Schutt, featuring Lourdes Rivera, Maggie Burke and Robert B. Silver.
Topics: adolescence, Christine Schutt
Educational Films
by Thomas G. Smith
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This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film. I knew the 3-D quality could only be appreciated if...
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Topics: Physics., Photography., Light.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gene Kearney
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Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
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Topics: schizophrenia, teen angst
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Uses animation to explain the reproductive systems of both men and women, and to show the process of normal human birth. This is one of an exceptional series of biology films made by producer/writer Bruce Hoffman for Encyclopaedia Britannica in the mid-1980s, and features exemplary animation designed by a team led by David Alexovich.
Topics: Bruce Hoffman, David Alexovich
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B. West
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Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carroll Films
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Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
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Topics: publishing, media
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
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Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Terra Productions
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A portrait of a country and its long relationship with the United States and a report on the political, economic and social crisis emerging in Puerto Rico today.
Topic: Puerto Rico
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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The 'Je Parle Français' series of French Language Instruction films was filmed in 1960-61 and produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Film's Milan Herzog in conjunction with Otterbein College professor La Velle Rosselot, and Georges Matoré, Dean of the Language & Civilization Dept, Sorbonne. Rosselot was the prime educational consultant and curriculum developer for the film project. Her father was a history professor at Otterbein, and her brother Gerald was one of the founders of Scientific...
Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica, Milan Herzog, Language Instruction, French
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee
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This film is viewable in two parts and analyzes the mechanism by which a battery establishes an electric field in a circuit. To be used following viewing the film  'EMF' (https://archive.org/details/EMFElectromagneticField), the film indicates how the energy transformations in a steady current - carrying circuit can be obtained from measurements of potential difference and electric current. Narrator Nathaniel H. Frank was from MIT.
Topics: Physical Science Study Committee, PSSC
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 51 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French languauge instruction series of 1961. Here, Mont Saint-Michel is visited and architectural elements are described. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
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Topics: French langauage instruction, Mont Saint-Michel
Academic Film Archive of North America
by David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by. Barnes, who must be considered among the...
Topic: apocalypse
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Examines geological forces causing the formation of a shield volcano. Shows how the massive lava flow from Mauna Ulu volcano, the first new mountain in the United States in recent history, has reshaped surrounding island terrain. Describes the methods and instruments used by geologists studying volcanic activity.  Uses film footage produced over a five - year period to document an extended Hawaiian volcanic eruption from which, in the early 1970's, a whole new mountain emerged. Reveals how the...
Topics: volcano, geology, Mauna Ulu, Hawaii, Maui
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Stuart Roe
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This film contrasts the peaceful pace of nature with the daily activity of society in order to show the importance of conservation. It promotes an appreciation of outdoor life by contrasting the separate activities of a California family in the city with their togetherness on a weekend camping trip in a primitive area. Photographed by John Lindstrom, it features the Harrang family.
Topic: nature
Academic Film Archive of North America
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The third of six films in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series. Bernard Wilets directed and wrote a number of outstanding dramas based on historical political figures in his 'Man and the State series, and this is perhaps our favorite, not only for the exceptional acting and writing, but also for the terrific surprise ending. Monarchist Edmund Burke, one of England's most articulate conservatives of the 18th century, and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, a leading radical and revolutionary of the...
Topics: Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Richard Sheridan, debate, Man and the State
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kent Wilson
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Film dramatizes one of the best-known incidents in English literature - the Christmas visit of Mr. Pickwick and his friends to Dingley Dell Farm. In the large parlor, everyone responds to the cordial atmosphere and joyous capers of Mr. Pickwick. From the Pickwick papers. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Dickens, Christmas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Philip Stapp
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'Symmetry' (1966) 10m, dir. Philip Stapp Stapp was one of the greatest animators working in the 1950-1975 era, using stylized, often pointillist abstract imagery, in a floating world sometimes surrealist, at other times reminiscent of Japanese "ukiyo-e" illustration. His spectacular 'Symmetry' is his greatest film, a fantasy of dancing images breaking apart, spinning, and converging. For more information on Stapp, visit: http://www.afana.org/stapp.htm
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Topic: Animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Topics: Liberace, piano
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
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Two engineers, Jim and Harry, describe evolution from transistors to ICs, showing how masks are created, and describing fab process. They show 1500 circuits on a wafer, stuff a bread board, talk about the "modern 1966 version," and dual in-line processors.  Shows the Solid State Electronics lab at Stanford.  Shows Burroughs Corp using transistors, as well as Stromberg-Carlson and shows its S-C 1100 Inquiry Display System. Also shows ICs inside an H.H. Scott Model 388 Stereo...
Topics: StanfordElectrocis Lab, Burroughs Corp, Stromberg-Carlson, H.H. Scott
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Burnford, Films Incorporated.
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Designed to create a heightened awareness of color in our environment. Avoids theoretical analysis, emphasizing instead the sensuous and emotional appeal of color and its power to influence vision and feeling. Features an avant-garde auto harp soundtrack by Werner Bracher
Topic: color
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Larry Yust, Encyclopedia Britannica
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Larry Yust's treatment of Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Lottery,' a tale about societal rules and individual values. Filmed in the central California towns of Fellows and Taft, starring William Benedict, William Fawcett, and Olive Dunbar.
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Topics: Shirley Jackson, Taft, CA, Fellows, CA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce Russell
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To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Organist Ethel Smith plays "Diga Diga Doo," popularized by Duke Ellington in 1928, from her 1963 album "Rhythm Antics."
Topics: Ethel Smith, Duke Ellington
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Balducci
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Along with Larry Yust's 'Lottery', 'Clown' was possibly one of the two best selling ed films ever made. On the surface, it's a cute kid & dog story. Underlying is a possible subtext that fascinates us every time we view the film, and makes for a satisfying, yet ultimately ambiguous ending. Gilou Pelletier is outstanding as the small boy, and the camera work by Guy Suzuki takes wonderful advantage of the terraces of Montmartre.
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Topics: Paris, Montmartre, Dog, blind
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Philip Stapp
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Sent by the U.S. government as a participant in the Marshall Plan with a specific mission to assist the French in re-gearing their animation studios, Stapp discovered a Europe much-decimated by war, but in further danger of annihilation by nuclear weapons. Returning to the U.S., he produced this alarming-yet-hopeful film, replete with its lonely, Tanguy-inspired landscapes peopled with static figures casting long shadows across charcoal-colored plains. While taking the risk of leaning a bit...
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Topic: animation, Marshall Plan
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene. The film opens with a panning shot of...
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Topics: drag king, lesbian nightclub
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This film documents a day in the life of a 12 year old Korean girl, learning to dive as a haenyeo on the island of Jeju. This novice diver is of the last generation that will engage in this vocation, and serves as an important historical document. Haenyeo divers are able to dive 30-50 feet with no breathing apparatus, holding their breaths for 2-3 minutes. From 30,000 divers in the 1970s, there are only an estimated 5,000 of them today, most over the age of 50. The film shows the girl diving...
Topics: academic film, Korea, diving, Jeju, haenyeo, ama
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 3

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Miss Exotic Dance Contest April 4 1979 
Topic: exotic dance
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Using the radioactive decay of cosmic ray mu-mesons shows the dilation of time in a filmed experiment which takes place on top of Mt. Washington, N.H. and at M.I.T.in Cambridge, Mass. Explains how data are taken to determine the time distribution of the decays of mu-mesons at rest. Determines the counting rate for mu-mesons with speeds of about .99 the speed of light which arrive on top of Mt. Washington and measures the number that survive to reach sea level. Deduces from the experimental...
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime. Uses the hands as the struggle of good and evil as revealed by the force of the hands themselves through symbolic movements. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee
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favorite 10

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Here, Dr. Albert V. Baez demonstrates vectors in a Palo Alto (CA) High School classroom. He uses rubber models to show vector displacement in two and three dimensions, and introduces vector addition, scalar multiplication of vector and other concepts. Based on the textbook 'Physics,' by the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC).
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Topics: physics, PSSC, vectors
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.
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Uses principles discovered in the laboratory as a basis for interpreting the characteristics of waves and wave motion on the sea surface. Identifies wind as the most common source of a wave's energy, and points out that observation of waves in a tank reveals that the particles in a wave describe circular orbits of a size inversely related to depth.
Topic: waves
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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This exceptional film was made during the eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island. Shows stages of volcanic activity and a detailed view of a major volcanic eruption. Describes techniques used in measuring earthquake activity. Here are terrific shots of geotometers and seismographs. In making the film, editor Ulf Backstrom held filmmaker Bert Van Bork by the belt while he took precipitous shots hanging over lava vents. Van Bork burned through two pairs of Hush Puppies while filming....
Topics: volcanoes, geology
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by Charles L. Finance
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An interpretation of the characters in Macbeth is presented by Douglas Campbell, Shakespearean actor and director, as he analyzes the roles of Macbeth, Duncan, and the witches. Examines the relationship of the leading characters in the play. Directors, Douglas Campbell, John Barnes. Cast: Members of the Stratford Festival Foundation of Canada. For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topics: Shakespeare, Macbeth
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by Weston Woods
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Discusses the qualities that make up Weston Woods picture books. Presents three authors/artists who make their living writing picture books (Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak). Exhibits samples of the works of 36 illustrators plus the complete films 'TIME OF WONDER' and 'A SNOWY DAY.' For more on Weston Woods founder Morton Schindel, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
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Topics: picture books, illustrations
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by Kyman Klimke
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This is the only known footage of concert pianist Pamela Resch (1947-2021), filmed at her home by Kyman Klimke six months prior to her death. Noted for her interpretations of Bach and Chopin, the New York Times reviewed her New York debut performance of The Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall: “Miss Resch’s remarkably poised performance of the lengthy Bach piece was a model of articulation and clarity. The pianist allowed herself a discreet amount of color and rhythmic freedom, which added...
Topics: Bach, Pamela Pyle Resch, San Jose, Goldberg
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by Claude Lelouch
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Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently...
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Topic: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
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by Gerald McDermott
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Tha late Gerald McDermott was an exceptional animator who made only five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.htm
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Topics: animation, myth
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Organist Ethel Smith performs Felix Arndt's "Nola" from her 1959 album "Lady Fingers."
Topics: Ethel Smith, Felix Arndt
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by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 114 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Here, niece, aunt, and uncle drive to visit friends in an old-world country farm. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topic: French langauage instruction
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by June Steel
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Born in 1927 in the border area between Washington and Idaho, Kienholz moved to Los Angeles in 1953, where he began making a series of bas-reliefs with found material. Prior to his death in 1994, he was primarily known for his "Assembly Art" sculptures, consisting of mannequins, stuffed animals, and pieces of clothing, focusing on subjects such as controversial as bordellos, back seat sex, and abortion. Steel’s extremely entertaining film consists of audience reactions to a Kienholz...
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Topics: art, los angeles
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by Milan Herzog
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Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
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Topics: afana, Herzog
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by Intl Film Foundation
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Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography. Exhibits a...
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Topics: animation, Couperin, baroque, music
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by Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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Shows the four ways that light traveling in a straight line can be bent: by diffraction, scattering, refraction, and reflection. Refraction is illustrated by underwater photography. From the PSSC Physics series. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
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by William F. Deneen
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In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now...
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Topics: academic film, bill deneen
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Shows a boy blowing a dandelion, discusses how parachutes, gliders, helicopters, binoculars, lineman's spurs, car wheel curb feelers imitate nature's creatures. For more on director/cinematographer Kent Durden, visit http://www.afana.org/durden.htm
Topic: Man Imitates Nature
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by March of Time
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From the 'March of Time' series, this fascinating film documents the high-end night club scene of New York City in the post-war years. Scenes and people include the 21 Club, discussing expensive tipping, poor quality food, and showing visitors Orson Welles and Elliott Rockefeller. The El Morocco Club; The Stork Club, showing celebs Jinx Falkenberg, Otto Preminger, and Ed Wynn; Jimmy Dorsey and band at the 400 Club; the Ink Spots singing at the Zanzibar; Greb & Lober dancing at the Embassy...
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Topics: nightclubs, New York, Manhattan, New York City
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by Claude Lelouch
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Produced by Claude Lelouch, the film presents a panorama of historical and modern sights in Turkey, including monuments, classical ruins, castles and temples. Filmed mostly central Turkey, including Surmene, Konya, and Nemrut Dagi, etc., by Pierre Willemin  and Claude Gorsky.
Topics: Turkiye, Konya, Nemrut Dagi
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by William Deneen
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This is a story about a Japanese child who loses a friend, gains a treasured possession, and learns that growing up often means sacrificing one end to gain another. Pictures life in a Japanese home and school, revealing the attitudes, customs, and problems of a farm family living on the edge of a city. Filmed in central Honshu. The narrator is Bill Deneen, who uses a Japanese accent. According to Denneen, this film nearly didn't get distributed. According to Deneen, when EB Films' president...
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